Liverpool negotiations held to sign £50M+ star after rejected Arsenal bid

Arsenal have recently had a rejected bid for Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri and Liverpool have acted swiftly to hold talks of their own.

The club has shown a desire to add more depth to their left-back ranks and Ait-Nouri has emerged, along with Fulham's Antonee Robinson, as a possible signing.

According to Football Transfers, Liverpool have held "discussions" with Wolves and the player could even join in January although it's far likelier that he would make the move to Anfield in the summer transfer window.

Wolves will only sell the fullback for a "bid exceeding £50 million" as they've shown by "knocking back" an offer from Arsenal that did not meet their valuation.

Aside from Liverpool being content to not make any signings this month, Ait-Nouri's involvement at AFCON, where he is representing Algeria, further complicates completing a deal to sign him this month.

It's no surprise that the 22-year-old is a target given his displays this season.

He ranks in the 99th percentile for successful take-ons, according to Fbref, averaging 2.43 per 90. His dribbling and ball carrying is some of the best in the Premier League and it would be brilliant to see him flying down the flank at Anfield.

Also very encouraging is his tackle success rate. He makes 2.74 tackles per game on average, placing him in the 89th percentile in that regard.

He only loses a challenge every second game on average while he tackles 62% of dribblers which places him in the 90th percentile.

Klopp will love him as he hoovers the ball up, recovering the ball 6.16 times per game on average.


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